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Southern Style Chicken Nuggets

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My son loves chicken nuggets, he could eat them everyday. If I’m being honest, so could I! Today I’m making these Southern Style Chicken Nuggets. They are hands down the crispiest chicken nuggets you’ll ever bake! I’m soaking them in pickle juice over night and then I’m using a secret ingredient in the batter which really allows them to crisp up in the oven.

Southern Style Chicken Nuggets

To make these crispy chicken nuggets, cut up your chicken breasts into chunks and add them to a large bowl. Next, fill the bowl with Pickle Juice until it’s completely covering your chicken. Cover the bowl, and refrigerate over night.

The Pickle Juice not only adds a phenomenal flavor to the chicken, but it also seriously tenderizes it! In a happy accident I grabbed the bread and butter variety of pickles and it added a deliciously subtle hint of sweetness!

Next, get ready to make these little nuggets of deliciousness into the crispiest chicken ever by adding my favorite secret ingredient!

Argo® Corn Starch For The Win

To prepare the batter, I’m using: flour, smoked paprika, salt, black pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, chives, and a hint of cajun seasoning. Then, I’m adding my secret ingredient: Argo® Corn Starch!

I’m also making a wet batter as well with the Corn Starch. For the wet batter or the “Slurry” as it’s called add a 1/2 cup of Corn Starch and a 1/2 Cup of water to a bowl. We will end up dipping the chicken in both to ensure extra crispiness! Double Dipping can be a good thing!

By adding the Argo® Corn Starch to the Slurry and the dry ingredients it really helps thicken up the coating. The corn starch helps them cook up crispy with a light and airy texture!

Argo® Corn Starch is the leading corn starch brand with over 100 years of quality, you can trust it to make all of your recipes a success! Plus, it’s naturally Gluten Free,

Corn Starch is very versatile . It’s often used as a thickener for sauces and soups. It’s the perfect ingredient to throw in the next time you’re making mongolian beef and it won’t let you down in your favorite chocolate cake recipe! Plus, it’s the ultimate secret for Crispy Chicken!

Baking The Chicken

Pre Heat your oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper . Spray the parchment paper with non-stick cooking spray.

With a fork take a piece of chicken (letting the pickle juice drip off a little), dip it in your Slurry, coat it evenly.

Dip the chicken into the bowl of dry ingredients, tossing it around until it’s covered. Place the chicken on the baking sheet leaving a few inches in between each.

Fill the baking sheet and place it in the oven. Set the timer for eight minutes. Once the timer goes off, remove the pan and flip each nugget over. Return the pan to the oven and set the timer for another eight minutes.

They are fully cooked when they reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees. They should be crispy & golden brown on the outside!

Southern Style Chicken Nuggets

Print Recipe
Serves: 4-6 Cooking Time: 20 minutes


  • 3-4 Large Chicken Breasts
  • 1 1/2 Cup Argo® Corn Starch
  • 1 Cup All Purpose Flour
  • 1 Tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 Tbsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 Tsp Chili Powder
  • 2 Tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1 Tbsp Onion Powder
  • 11/2 Cups Pickle Juice
  • 1/2 Tsp Salt



Cut Chicken into chunks.


Place chicken in a large bowl and cover with pickle juice.


Cover bowl and place in fridge overnight.


Pre Heat your oven to 425 degrees.


Line a baking sheet with parchment paper . Spray the parchment paper with non-stick cooking spray.


With a fork take a piece of chicken & dip it in your wet batter, coat it evenly.


Next, dip the chicken into the bowl of dry ingredients, tossing it around until it's covered.


Place the chicken on the baking sheet leaving a few inches in between each.


Bake for 8 minutes.


Remove from oven & flip chicken, bake for an additional 8 minutes.


They are fully cooked when they reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees.

Crispy Southern Style Chicken Nuggets are perfect for an appetizer along side some sauces for dipping!

…or even for a big old family dinner. Tonight we’re serving ours with mashed potatoes and gravy & green beans!

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  • Reply
    November 5, 2019 at 3:49 am

    We love chicken nuggets and glad to learn about your review here. Love your step by step guide here.

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    Fiona Cambouropoulos
    November 5, 2019 at 5:41 am

    These look like perfect chicken nuggets. I’d never thought to use corn starch, you learn something new every day.

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    November 5, 2019 at 6:04 am

    Corn starch really is the unsung hero of nicely breaded fried anything. A lot of people don’t realize just how much better it makes the coating.

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    Jojo Reyes Jr
    November 5, 2019 at 7:48 am

    These chicken nuggets looks yummy to me and makes me hungry 🙂

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    Cristina Petrini
    November 5, 2019 at 8:14 am

    I love chicken nuggets but I can’t make them at home, with this recipe I can’t go wrong!

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    Ashley Rollins
    November 5, 2019 at 12:15 pm

    Ohh yum! These look like such good options for the kids.

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    November 5, 2019 at 2:43 pm

    THe chicken nuggets looks so good! I am a sucker for them! Plus they are not too greasy like others

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    November 5, 2019 at 3:17 pm

    Oh these look fantastic! I have to make these for my family soon…cornstarch is the secret to the crispiest fry! Love it!

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    November 5, 2019 at 3:59 pm

    My kids are HUGE chicken nugget fans. I’m going to have to make these for them very soon.

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    Jennifer Gladwin
    November 5, 2019 at 4:59 pm

    Oh my kids would love these! I’d much rather make them myself so I know exactly what’s in them.

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    Lisa Rios
    November 5, 2019 at 7:12 pm

    These look so yummy and crispy! Perfect for adults and kids alike.

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    November 5, 2019 at 8:13 pm

    These looks absolutely delicious!! And the pickle juice tip?? Phenomenal!! Thanks for sharing your secret with us 😉

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    catherine santiago jose
    November 5, 2019 at 9:11 pm

    My kids and I loves chicken nuggets a lot and I am so excited to make this delicious recipe for them. Thanks for sharing!

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    Linda Cassidy
    November 5, 2019 at 9:55 pm

    These look so very tasty. Plus they seem relatively easy to try. I think I have to try this one

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    Kristine Nicole Alessandra
    November 7, 2019 at 4:23 am

    Nothing compares to southern style cooking! This chicken nuggets recipe is sure to be another winner in my family. I am adding this to our menu plan for next week!

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    Natural Beauty And Makeup
    November 7, 2019 at 4:56 am

    I so love chicken nuggets 😋😍 This recipe is quite easy to follow so definitely trying it out soon!

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    Bella and Dawn at Dear Mummy Blog
    November 7, 2019 at 9:14 am

    We love chicken nuggets and the coating on these look and sound delicious!

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